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Meet the 2013 Pace Team: Jen Sorrell & Laura Skladzinski (4:30)

by Intern on February 8, 2013 · 0 comments

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We began offering pace leaders for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in 2009. This year, pace leaders are available for the following times: 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, and 5:30. We’ll feature our pace team leaders here on the blog every Wednesday and Friday through March.

If you’re interested in running with a pace leader or just want to know more about the program, please be sure to read this post. While registration is not required, we would love to get a sense of how many people plan to run with each SkiRack Pace Leader. Please contact our SkiRack Pace Team coordinator, Jack Pilla, at paceteam@runvermont.org indicating which pace group you plan to run with. No worries if you change your mind between now and race day and decide to run another pace or opt out of the Pace Team.

Jen Sorrell:: email

Jen Sorrell (4:30)

I wanted to complete a marathon before I turned 40, and thought I’d be done after trying it once.  I ran VCM in 2002 and have since run 21 more including Boston, Quebec City, Green Mountain, Bay State, WineGlass and Rocket City in Alabama.  My PR of 3:42 was in Alabama which I have now tied at Green Mountain.  VCM is my home town marathon and I’ve had great fun being part of relay teams too.

I really enjoy the long training runs and a few years ago decided to try my first ultra-marathon, the Vt 50.  It was crazy muddy and hilly but I loved it.  I used to run trails on the high school Cross Country team (for Essex!) and am having fun getting back into the woods.  I have now completed five 100 mile races and am currently training for the Vt 100 again in July.

My favorite pre-race breakfast is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I pack one in a zip-lock if I have to travel so that I don’t have to worry about what I will find at a hotel.  I also train with them for weekend runs so I know my stomach handles them well.  Looking forward to VCM!

Laura Skladzinski:: email

Laura Skladzinski (4:30)

Back in 2008, the KBVCM was my first marathon ever. In fact, I didn’t start running (or do any sports, for that matter) until 2006. I built my mileage up gradually and had no plans to do a marathon until I realized that I was running marathon-appropriate training distances… so I signed up. I chose KBVCM partially because of the flat but scenic and well-supported course, but mostly because I knew the ice cream at the finish would provide the motivation I needed. (Actually, my mom and my best friend came to the Assault on Battery and held signs that said “Run to the ice cream!”) I didn’t even know if I would finish, and thought that if I did, it would be my one and only marathon to check that off the “bucket list.”

But after I crossed the finish line, I was elated and on such a runner’s high that I wanted to run more – so I did. LOTS more. In June 2010, one week after that year’s KBVCM, I broke the world record as the youngest woman to run a marathon in all 50 states. I’ve also since gotten certified as a coach through the Road Runner’s Club of America. To date, I have run 83 marathons and counting – though that number will probably be a bit higher by the time of this year’s KBVCM! Having run the KBVCM every year since I started doing marathons, I am really looking forward to pacing the 4:30 group again this year. At my first KBVCM, I ran 4:25, so it’s especially fun to run such a similar pace to when this all started.

This year, I am running a marathon a month for fun (trust me, it is so much fun!), and I’d like to beat my current PR of 3:48 at some point. In 2013, I’m also focusing a lot of attention on sharing my passion for running and tips for achieving personal goals on my blog, www.50by25.com.

I will be at the pace team booth  at the expo on Saturday afternoon before the race, and look forward to meeting many of you in person then! In the meantime, please feel free to email me with any questions or just to say hi – I’d love to get a conversation going and get to know you even before race day :)

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